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Patrolman Lee S. Fahler | Minot Police Department, North Dakota Minot Police Department, North Dakota


Lee S. Fahler

Minot Police Department, North Dakota

End of Watch: Friday, January 21, 1921

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 2 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 1/20/1921

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Patrolman Lee Fahler was shot and killed while attempting to arrest a suspicious person.

The man attempted to bribe Patrolman Fahler as he was being questioned. At that point Patrolman Fahler put the man under arrest and the two started to walk towards the suspect's car. The suspect produced a handgun and opened fire on the officer. The suspect was shot and killed in return gunfire.

During the ensuing investigation over 20 cases of whiskey were found inside the vehicle the man had been driving. He was in the process of smuggling the whiskey from Canada to Chishoim, Minnesota. The man was placed under arrest and charged in connection with Patrolman Fahler's murder and smuggling.

Patrolman Fahler had served with the Minot Police Department for only 2 months. He was survived by his wife and 8-year-old son.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the ninety-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect and you will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 21, 2012


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